The Entropy Crisis

The Entropy Crisis

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By (author) Guy Deutscher

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  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 130 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 12mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 31 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Singapore
  • ISBN 10: 9812779698
  • ISBN 13: 9789812779694
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,498,989

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This book aims to prove that the so-called "energy crisis" is really an entropy crisis. Since energy is conserved, it is clear that a different concept is necessary to discuss meaningfully the problems posed by energy supplies and environmental protection. This book makes this concept, entropy, accessible to a broad, nonspecialized audience. Examples taken from daily experiences are used to introduce the concept of entropy in an intuitive manner, before it is defined in a more formal way. It is shown that the entropy increase due to irreversible transformations (or "unrecoverable" energy) simultaneously determines the level of fresh energy supplies of our society and the damage that it causes to the environment. Minimizing the rate of entropy increase with advanced technologies and society organizations, and keeping it in check with appropriate energy sources, is the key to a sustainable development.

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Table of contents

Introduction; Dealing with Entropy on a Daily Basis; How Much Energy Do We Need?; The Role of Entropy in Thermodynamics; Climate Change: What We Know and What We Don't Know; Fighting Entropy with Science and Technology; A Future without Fossil Fuels; How Will It All End?.